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Zanda Švēde

Mezzo-soprano

Zanda Švēde
© Barbara Aumüller

Zanda Švēde had an extremely successful first season as a member of the ensemble, wowing audiences with the title roles in Bizet's Carmen and Handel's Xerxes. During Oper Frankfurt's 2019/20 season she adds another Handel role to her repertoire: Zenobia in Radamisto. She can also be heard as Sonetka in a new production of Shostakovitch's Lady Macbeth von Mtsensk, The Forester's Wife / Owl in Das schlaue Füchslein / The Cunning Little Vixen, Friedrich in a new production of Ambroise Thomas' Mignon, Carmen and gives a recital in the Holzfoyer on December 18th. She has sung Carmen before, at Seattle Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Latvian National Opera in Riga. She studied at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Manhattan School of Music and the Scuola Italia and has sung at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, North Carolina Opera, Palm Beach Opera and San Francisco Opera, where she was a member of their Merola Opera Program, was awarded an Adler scholarship and sang roles including Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Tisbe (La Cenerentola) and Lena in the world premiere of von Marco Tutino's La Ciociara. Zanda Švēde's repertoire includes the roles of Endimione (Cavalli's La Calisto), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Grimgerde (Die Walküre) and the lead roles in Massenet's Cléopâtre and Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires.